I can’t remember the last time I saw a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Maybe in high school, when our band/orchestra director would run after-school trips to concerts at the Academy of Music several times a year.
This production was by Civic Theatre of Allentown. Community theatre can be hit or miss. Some good performances, particularly from Kallie Linder, Will Morris and Michael Traupman. While their performances hit the mark, the sound was another story. With the orchestra off stage, more care needed to be taken with the mix in the house.
It was an enjoyable evening, overall, revisiting one of my favorite scores.
I was lucky enough to hear the Claremont Trio about a year ago, also on the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem‘s stage. At that time they were a last-minute replacement for another performing group that couldn’t fill the performance slot. This is a powerhouse group, and they did not disappoint this time around. Violinist Emily Bruskin was not performing due to the fact she had given birth to a child only weeks earlier. Her replacement, Susie Park, was not a disappointment.
The program was varied and included sensitive performances of traditional and new repertoire.
Mozart’s Trio in E Major, K. 542
Folk Songs for Piano Trio – a work commissioned by the Claremont from Gabriela Lena Frank